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Old 19th December 2007, 22:48   #31
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Is this a kind of rule, otherwise the problems caused are normal?

Why I ask this, is because, I had been observing this and thought this to be a problem with my eyes only. After a longday of wearing the CL my vision probaBly gets blurry, unless I blink repeatedly.

I would try taking the CL off and putting back after washing to see if that helps me.

The other problem is, my eye power is between 2.5-3 in each eye for both the spherical and the cylindrical components. The doc adviced getting spherical correction only, as getting both will not enable me to procure a soft-CL which will be uncomfortable. With that, I see potholes or road irregularities better with specs than with CL.
Yes wearing contact lenses for the entire day and then driving in the night will lead to blurry vision if u dont clean them back and then wear them.Proteins get deposited on the lens and hence the blurry vision.
If you are driving in the night and have been wearing lenses the entire day clean them up and then wear.That will resolve the problems you are facing.
And in your case its best you wear glasses with the proper prescription than lenses which donot have cylindrical correction as wearing them will lead to you straining your eyes.
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Old 19th December 2007, 23:28   #32
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I have been using semi soft lenses for the past 10 years and mostly at a stretch of 14-15 hours a day. Very rare is the day when i have to take it out and clean it. Very true that when i remove it, it feels very nice, something like a big burden removed.

Driving with it at any time is easy and at any place, only thing is i always wear sunglasses while driving.
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Old 20th December 2007, 00:32   #33
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The other problem is, my eye power is between 2.5-3 in each eye for both the spherical and the cylindrical components. The doc adviced getting spherical correction only, as getting both will not enable me to procure a soft-CL which will be uncomfortable. With that, I see potholes or road irregularities better with specs than with CL.

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You do get Soft CL for Spherical and Cylindrical corrections. They are known as Toric CL

I have -5 for Spherical and -.075 Cylindrical. Initially the doc has advised for plain CL as the CYL power is less than 1. How ever I had lot of problems using them. I could not see properly and did not get 6/6 vision.

After that we have ordered for Toric soft CL (with CYL correction) and these are pretty good. Normally Docs do not advise toric CL because they are expensive.
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1100D,

You do get Soft CL for Spherical and Cylindrical corrections. They are known as Toric CL

I have -5 for Spherical and -.075 Cylindrical. Initially the doc has advised for plain CL as the CYL power is less than 1. How ever I had lot of problems using them. I could not see properly and did not get 6/6 vision.

After that we have ordered for Toric soft CL (with CYL correction) and these are pretty good. Normally Docs do not advise toric CL because they are expensive.
I am actually at 8/6 vision after wearing the CL. But the Toric lens thing was not even given as an option. Now I know, thanks. Such surprising, that all this while, I never even thought about this pain area and the solution being so near.
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Hi Guys ,

A bit off topic here , could any one of you advice if you have tried to correct short sight with laser treatment .
Looks like some persons have gone for the treatment in Bangy and seem to have perfect vision now .
I know Manipal Hospital has started this treatment now .

Any inputs from t - bhpians welcome ...
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Hi Guys ,

A bit off topic here , could any one of you advice if you have tried to correct short sight with laser treatment .
Looks like some persons have gone for the treatment in Bangy and seem to have perfect vision now .
I know Manipal Hospital has started this treatment now .

Any inputs from t - bhpians welcome ...
My friend/his sister both of them got it done.A 20 minute procedure and both their visions were 6/6.
His sister had gone it done 6 years back and her vision is still the same 6/6.It costs aroudn 35 thousand for both the eyes here in mumbai.
99.99% of the time there are no complication but 0.1% there are chances of complications
Also they have come up with one more surgery which costs around 40 thousand for both the eyes and you get 'eagels eye' vision.Which means your vision is more than normal.
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Hve been using lenses for last 2-3 years for ~15 hours a day (even on long drives), no problems. Just had a problem with a very pungent car perfume that I'd picked up once (worked together with a strong a/c) to give enough discomfort... but otherwise fair enough!
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@1100D : Your question has been answered. I realized it the hard way myself.

OFF TOPIC : Is laser treatment covered under the medical claim policy?
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Complication rate is about 5-8% for Indian eyes. In the west(Caucasian) regions, failure rate is less because those people have a thicker cornea.
Thats the reason a good honest doctor will advise against laser surgery. Of course doctors having lasik setup will say its safe.

Go for laser only if your number is of the order of -8,-9, where it starts affecting your normal life. For example my friend had trouble locating glasses in morning, so he went for lasik and number came down to -1.5

As for contact lenses, I wore hard contact lenses in my right eye(+2.5 cyl(140) from age 8-9. I did this for many years, but then my eye used to get irritated. At that time soft lenses in cylindrical flavor were absent.

So I started wearing glasses.
Around age 18 I got a number in my left eye of around -.75, and started wearing lenses occasionally, for example when I wanted to wear sunglasses.
But dust was a big issue. On long drives many times dust would get into my eye, and then I would have to remove the lens and wash my eyes.
Now I have stopped wearing contact lenses totally, since for my right eye I would need glasses anyways. I cannot wear lenses in my right eye because its an injury problem and any lens would irritate my cornea.

Rarely I wear contact lenses, but I am planning to get my sunglasses fitted with numbered glasses so that I don't have to wear contact lenses.

If you have any specific questions, you can PM be, because after 3 surgeries and 1000 doctors I am quite a bit of an expert
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Smile Here's a story for you - one you never knew

What many do not know is that the Yeti was born with a severe hereditary problem of acute myopia and cylindrical error. While he was in the 3rd standard itself he suffered heavy glasses.

He was a little boy who woke up in the morning and hunted for his glasses. He was too young to wear them and play, his father would tie them to his head.

While the number rapidly progressed, by the time he was about 16 it steadied itself.
The Yeti's mom (god bless her soul) was always very worried and always wanted to see her son without glasses. In fact she even took him to a contact lens specialist while he was still in school. Neither of the Yeti's parents wore glasses and they were saddened by his visual troubles.

The doctor advised (rightly so) to wait till he was 18. At 18, the Yeti got his first pair of lenses. It was a boon. If one wears glasses regularly then he will realise that heavy glasses reflect and refract internally. One can see reflections of room lights around oneself inside your glasses.
His nose hurt, his head hurt. (He was young and they did not have these ultra light plastic lenses and Zeiss and what not)

He started with Semi-Soft lenses (I don't think they exist anymore) they were called GP (Gas Permeable) and felt marginally more comfortable than the commonly sold Hard lenses.

By the time the Yeti was 22 he had lost about 20 pairs of lenses. He lost everything but his habit to lose things.

He was now using soft lenses and had soon progressed to the extremely comfortable use-and-throw lenses that he was supposed to change every month, but would lose them every 2 weeks instead. This was convenient and the lenses came in little blister packs like tablets and cost about 200 rupees each. made in Ireland by Bausch and Lomb.

And yet, there was pain and suffering. The Yeti used to ride a Yamaha RX-100, a mean 100cc bike the first japanese lot and had a clip-on handle and a mean exhaust too. He was young and rode quickly. But stuff would get into his eyes and they would water. Larger sunglasses reduced the problem but did not eliminate it. The evenings and nights were pretty bad too. Then the Yeti used to wear these bright yellow clear glasses. This was funny and shocking.

The Yeti did not see well at night. He still doesn't. And the glasses made things worse. Far worse. Slightly dirty or scratched glasses would result in a starburst of opposite headlights. Long driving would make them really horrid to wear.

The Yeti's mum was a lady who always thought her son would be a handsome devil. She was very heartbroken when he turned out to be an awkward giant with thick glasses. She did a lot of research on eye operations but thought about internal impants for a long while. It was a collective decision to leave the eyes alone. Unfortunately she died some years later, not seeing him all grown up and spectacle free.

So the Yeti plodded on bravely with his night blindness and his glasses and his watery eyes and his assortment of lenses and liquids. It was a secret. He was ashamed of wearing his glasses. His close friends that knew made fun of him because he would say things like "I can't come out tonight, I've lost my lenses" not realizing that this was his mama's legacy.

When the yeti was 22, he took his then girlfriend (eventually his future ex-wife) home, he asked her to wait in bed while he slipped into something more comfortable. Soon she burst out laughing, he turned up wearing thick glasses in bed. This was quite disconcerting to him and he vowed to make all future amorous contacts with no glasses on.

And so he plodded on with his complications and his speakers and his glasses and his lenses and soldering irons and wires and long hair.

Many years passed. Many lenses passed.

Then 3 years ago, when the Yeti was 32 he took the plunge. His girlfriend then urged him to do it. She knew how he felt, somehow.

And so he went to this place where they did many tests on his eyes. The doctor was famous and a specialist. Over a period of 2 days, various tests were done. The operation was called LASIK. The doctor and his 22 assistants explained the procedure in minute detail to the vey worried Yeti. On the 3rd day, the operation was performed.
While the operation took a few minutes, the recovery took almost 3 days. His eyes burned like they were on fire and his head throbbed as if he had been staring at the sun. But by the 3rd day, the discomfort had passed. By the 5th day his eyes were as good as new. It was wonderful to be able to get up and not grope and hunt for his glasses anymore.

And the sunglasses!! Oh Boy the sunglasses he could buy and wear. It was truly wonderful.
3 years later, there were no complications. He never even went back to the doctor. There was never any need to. He still sees perfectly. The night vision was still weak, but this was not so bad. The day vision was clear.

And so he lived happily ever after.

The End.
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Okie Sam, your message came across. And yes, the write-up was really touching at parts where the Yeti's mom was mentioned.
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I have never used lenses, always glasses and feel comfortable with them.

I always carry two pairs with me. One normal glasses - Carl Zeiss lenses with anti-glare coating.
has anyone ever lost a lens while driving. I am asking because my wife has. I dont know how she did it (I dont wear lenses) but she did. She claimed she blinked the the lenses fell out.

I just started wearing glasses (primarily for reading). Since I too am prone to loose things I got me a pair of those varilux thinges figuring I wont loose something that is stuck on my nose. Boy were they disconcerting, the bottom 1/3rd was designed for reading and the top part was just plain glass. I had horrible trouble parking my car (I've been driving for about 30 years), then while walking up stairs i tripped (I've got considerable experince walking too ). so I put thm away and got me a pair of cheap reading glasses (I need them glasses to adjust the stereo).

I find glasses and their reflections and refractions horribly disconerting when parking or driving. fortunately I have been lucky and do not need glasses to see the road.
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Also they have come up with one more surgery which costs around 40 thousand for both the eyes and you get 'eagels eye' vision.Which means your vision is more than normal.
Hey bro, can u tell me abt the doc who like does this treatment.

Then, probably i can become a nighthawk.

Jokes apart, but i have heard that in Lasik treatment they like cut the retina or cornea of your eyes so as to like create an angle so that eye perfection could be regained.

But one of my cousions who had got it done, developed problems after 4 odd years of operation & then once LASIK is performed it cannot be reperformed.

Also, heard a case in Assam where a girl's eye became a home for microbial germination. Odd but quite true.

That's why i m like pretty fine wid glasses.!!!
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Rarely I wear contact lenses, but I am planning to get my sunglasses fitted with numbered glasses so that I don't have to wear contact lenses.
Thats (powered sunglasses) what I have, although I have the neutral ones as well. Most optometrists sell those, they would take a sunglass frame and add up the appropriate glass to it. Doesn't look any different.
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Hey bro, can u tell me abt the doc who like does this treatment.

Then, probably i can become a nighthawk.

Jokes apart, but i have heard that in Lasik treatment they like cut the retina or cornea of your eyes so as to like create an angle so that eye perfection could be regained.

But one of my cousions who had got it done, developed problems after 4 odd years of operation & then once LASIK is performed it cannot be reperformed.

Also, heard a case in Assam where a girl's eye became a home for microbial germination. Odd but quite true.

That's why i m like pretty fine wid glasses.!!!
Yes thats why we should get it done from a nice place even though it turns out to be a little expensive.
Also sometimes people experience glaring in the eyes at night after gettin lasik done.
There is 'rushabh eye clinic' in chembur which is really nice.Its been around since very long and they do all the primary tests before to acertain wheather ur eye is fit enough(cornea thickness) for this operation and yeah if its not no matter what u tell them they wont go ahead with the operation which is really nice on their part.
About the 'night hawk' thingy these people do that operation costs around 40 grand when i enquired some months back.They test your eye and if you get the operation done from them they dont charge you for the eye testing which is like 2 grand
Hope this information was helpful
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